At the six month mark I am taking stock of what I've been reading. 71 books thus far this year and with a goal to read 100 books in 2021 I am well on my way to surpassing, blowing away, that goal, and I am thrilled. As I was perusing all the new books and re-reads I have been enjoying, writing mini-reviews with each one, and rating each book using a 1-5 Star rating system, what is the norm in the good read world, books that I loved - and were memorable began catching my eye. Discarding re-reads, and only selecting those books that I haven't read before, that were new to me, I began compiling a list of my favorite books in a half a year of 71 books read.
I selected my 12 favorites - so far this year. I have noticed I have been a bit more strict in my rating of books. If there were too many things that annoyed me about a book, even though I overall may have loved the book, I would not give it 5 Stars. But, I might give it 5 Stars if what annoyed me was redeemed by, say, the ending. I also realized that I am being more true to myself rather than, maybe, following the crowds views on rating a book. Thus, if everyone likes a book but me, I'm okay with that.
Favorite book from January - June 2021, easily goes to Fredrick Backman's Anxious People. My book club read this for our February read and I loved it! It was laugh out loud funny as well as amazing conversation and discussion. Such a fan of Backman's writing!
I read Amor Towles', Rules of Civility, his backlist and first book, after I'd already read A Gentleman in Moscow last year for book club. Of the two, I would still pick A Gentleman in Moscow as my favorite of his, thus far, but Rules of Civility was dang good! I am anxiously anticipating his third book, out in October.
I finally read Taylor Jenkins Reid's critically-acclaimed, Daisy Jones and The Six and followed that up with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I adored both books, easily 5 Star reads, but with Evelyn Hugo inching by Daisy Jones in the running for a TJR favorite. I have Malibu Rising on my TBR and my bookshelf.
Surprisingly, a book I read for book club but also the Classic's Club, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, easily made my favorites list, and a 5 Star read!
Have you read any of these? Would they be on your favorites list?
I am thrilled to be doing this project again this year. Capturing 31 Sunrises in July 2021. After last years success, after experiencing all the feels from waking every morning in time to catch the sun rise, I knew, for sure, that I would be chasing the sun once again. And so, the project #31Sunrises begins, again.